Earworm of the Week: Micah, “Just a Little Heartbreak”

Man, has this week completely wiped everyone else out or what?  Feels like it’s gone on forever.  Sorry about being a day late with this week’s Earworm, but it’s Friday!

There was a ton of great new music out this week, including Flagship’s debut album, and we know how much I love them. However, I wanted to shine the spotlight on someone new this week.  It came down to two acts, so I went with the song I’ve found myself playing on repeat on the car.

Meet Micah, a singer-songwriter out of upstate New York.  In my world, sometimes there’s just nothing better than a dude in a corner with an acoustic guitar, wearing his heart on his sleeve… And Micah fits that bill perfectly! He released his new EP, Just A Little Heartbreak, this week and the title track is so adorable that I want to go buy him a beer…or give him a hug. It’s just honest as hell and completely catchy. Fridays were made for catchy.


The whole EP is absolutely darling, so be sure to pick it up if you dig what you hear.

(Word has it that Wyclef Jean met Micah in the studio this week and told him he had an early Hootie and the Blowfish vibe… We won’t discuss how many times that first Hootie record got played on repeat my junior year in college, so I suppose the comparison is just!)

And because you should always give credit where credit is due, gotta thank my bud and fellow Rock Boater Elise for turning me onto Micah several months ago (follow her on Twitter).

Happy Friday.  Here’s to a little heartbreak!

More Micah:  Facebook | Twitter | Souncloud | Just a Little Heartbreak on iTunes

Earworm of the Week: The National, “I Need My Girl”

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again.  Sometimes, I can take awhile to “get” a band.  Case in point, The National.  I bought Boxer.  I bought High Violet.  I listened.  I tried to get it.  I didn’t. When Trouble Will Find Me came out, I thought I’d give it one last shot.

I read a piece today talking about Nirvana’s In Utero and Counting Crows August and Everything After, and the author called “All Apologies” “tangentially sad” and “Anna Begins” “realistically sad.”  I love Counting Crows.  I appreciate Nirvana.  Until now, I appreciated The National.  But I didn’t love them.  However, I’ve fallen pretty hard for Trouble Will Find Me.  And maybe, just maybe, it’s because it’s a little more story-tellerish? I don’t know…but I can’t get enough of it right now.  And after seeing them live last week, I’m sold on them completely.  Hook, line, and sinker.  Six years too late.

My favorite track on the record (right now) is “I Need My Girl.”  It is heart-wrenching and brutal and I love it. And because I’ve played it approximately 500 times this week, it’s this week’s Earworm of the Week.

P.S.  Watch the NPR Tiny Desk Concert with them.  I promise you, it’s worth the 18 minutes you’ll give to it.

More The National:  Web | Facebook | Twitter

Earworm of the Week: Catfish and the Bottlemen, “Homesick”

A few weeks ago, Daytrotter’s top music muscle, Sean Moeller, sent out a tweet that said, “Catfish and the Bottlemen are going to be huge.  Trust me.”

My immediate response:  WHO ARE CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN?

I’m a Daytrotter subscriber, and get a ton of cool sessions from them, but they do lean a little to the indie hipster side.  So imagine my surprise when I Google this band and hear screaming guitars. I must know more.

I may talk quite a bit about singer-songwriter types, but it’s not much of a secret that I have a “thing” for rock n’ roll bands.  These four young’uns – and I do mean babies – fill my need for “MORE GUITAR!” Plus, bonus, they hail from Wales (Llandudno, to be exact), homeland of my mentor of fun, Mrs. G., and the Stereophonics.  I do love the Welsh!  Aged 18 – 21, these kids are already earning their stripes, playing over 100 shows in the UK in 2012 and currently gigging some pretty major festivals across the pond.

Their song “Homesick” has been stuck in my head for the last two weeks.  And don’t let the sparse opening fool ya…hang on for the chorus and you’ll see what I mean about the rock n’ roll.


There’s no full-length album yet, but you can pick up the “Homesick” single, a two-track blistering rock n’ roll feast, for less than two bucks on Amazon or iTunes.  Their new single, “Rango” is due out on Sept. 17 in the U.S., but if you just can’t wait, they debuted the official sperm-filled video this week.

Going to have to agree with Mr. Moeller on this one…this band is going to be huge.  (Grab their Daytrotter session here, by the way.)

More Catfish and the Bottlemen:  Web | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube